Welcome Week

 

Welcome Week is all about making connections with the people and programs that make the Mont Alto campus a community. You’ll learn more about getting involved with student clubs and organizations, and our campus history and traditions, and community service and volunteer opportunities.

Due to COVID-19, Welcome Week will look a little different this year as we re-imagine events and activities to accommodate physical distancing and/or a virtual setting.

All new students are required to attend Welcome Week Kick-Off and Founders Convocation on Saturday, August 22.

Commuter students and students studying remotely are invited to join Welcome Weekend activities virtually.  A complete schedule with Zoom links for all programs and events will be emailed to all students on Tuesday, August 18. Please check your Penn State email.

If you have questions about Welcome Week, please contact Mont Alto Student Affairs.

 

The Schedule 
 

Friday, August 21, First-Year Residential Student Move-In
    
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  First-year residence hall check-in, Mont Alto Hall
Residential students should check their Penn State email for their prescheduled check-in time 
 
Noon to 4 p.m.: First-year commuters check-in to pick up Welcome Bags, Multipurpose Activities Center Tent

10 a.m. to noon: Pop-in Q & A with Student Affairs staff, Wiestling Student Center 

2 to 4 p.m.: Pop-in Q & A with Student Affairs staff, Wiestling Student Center

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.:  Community meetings in Mont Alto Hall and dinner

7 p.m.: Arrival floor meetings for residential students

8 p.m.:  Virtual escape room  

Saturday, August 22, Welcome Week Kick-Off and Founders Convocation  
 
9:30 a.m.: Check-in

10 a.m.:  Welcome to campus from Jay Arcuri, director of Student Affairs, (check email for link)  

10:10 a.m.:  Keynote Speaker Jeff Griffin: YOU are the Solution to the IMPOSSIBLE, link 
Living life from a wheelchair, Jeff Griffin has accomplished some extraordinary things. He played in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, and is a silver medalist in wheelchair basketball. He is a National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) national champion and a four-time All-Star MVP. Griffin also won the St. George Marathon, has two Guinness Book of World Records, and wrote an award-winning book titled I’Mpossible: Desire. Dream. Do. He earned his master’s degree and created a worldwide peer-to-peer leadership program that was recognized by the United Nations. Griffin’s transformational message will ignite the eternal tinder inside you. It will spark the seeds of success, better yet, it will assist you with your own full and fantastic life-altering experience. 

11 a.m.:  Founders Convocation, (check email for link) 

11:30 a.m.: Protocols and Preparation, (check email for link)

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Lunch at the Mill

12:45 to1:45 p.m.: Mont Alto Stories and F.I.T. (Finding Opportunities for Togetherness) on campus, (check email for link)

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Make Room for Student Services, (check email for link) 

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.: A Successful Semester Start, (check email for link)  

4 p.m.:  Magician Ran’d Shine, (check email for link)     
Magician Ran’d Shine was named the A.P.C.A. 2016 & 2019 Magician of the Year. Ran’D Shine is known for a “Different Kind of Deception.” His psychological engaging illusions and sleight of hand have amazed audiences in over 20 countries and hundreds of American cities. As one audience member put it, “He is so much more than a magician he’s CHARISMATIC, FUNNY; he is an ENTERTAINER! And he will blow your mind”.  If you want to learn magic, grab a deck of cards, a penny, nickel and dime, pen or pencil, and a sheet of paper.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.:  Dinner on your own

7 p.m.:  Trivia Night, (check email for link) 

Sunday, August 23, Welcome Weekend Continues  

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Returning student residence hall check-in, Mont Alto Hall      
Returning residential students should check their Penn State email for their prescheduled check-in time  

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Returning commuters check in to pick up Welcome Bags, Multipurpose Activities Center tent 

10 a.m.:  Navigating Student Activities, Wiestling Student Center

11:15 a.m.: Navigating Student Activities, (check email for link)    

Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch, The Mill 

1:30 p.m.: Navigating Student Activities, Wiestling Student Center
 
1:30 p.m.: Dog Tug Toy Service Projects, Wiestling Student Center

1:30 to 3 p.m.: Cornhole Tournament, turf field (by the sand volleyball court)
 
4 to 7 p.m.:  Dinner, The Mill
 
7 p.m.: Landry, comedy show, (check email for link)    
Comedian Landry is best recognized for his likable hair, sprouting from charismatic follicles. He is a Canadian born interracial love child whose hybrid existence when mixed with a little dysfunction, makes for a fantastic recipe of comedy goulash. He is the winner of both the Boston Comedy Festival and the World Series of Comedy but none of that matters so long as his mom thinks he's funny. With a smile that lights up a room and a personality to match, there is no telling what great things this young performer will achieve.

Monday, August 24, Classes Begin

10 to 11:30 a.m.: A Successful Semester Start and Stuff a Plush, Wiestling Student Center and patio

12:20 p.m.: Mandatory Advising Session, Link

1:30 to 3 p.m.: A Successful Semester Start and Stuff a Plush, Wiestling Student Center and patio

8:30 p.m.: "Surviving First-year: The Hip Hop Stage Play", (check email for link)   
Bert and Det are a traveling duo that performs a 60-minute motivational hip hop stage play “Surviving College.”  

Tuesday, August 25
   
11:30 a.m. to noon: Show Me What’s in Wiestling Hall, Wiestling Student Center


1:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations, (check email for link)

3:15 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations, Wiestling Student Center

5:30 to 6 p.m.: Show Me What’s in Wiestling Hall, Wiestling Student Center

7 to 8 p.m.: Tuesday Trivia, Wiestling Student Center and
(check email for link)
 
8:15 to 9:15 p.m.: Tuesday Trivia, Wiestling Student Center and
(check email for link)

Wednesday, August 26
    
12:20 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations,
(check email for link)

2:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations, Wiestling Student Center
 
4:30 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations,
(check email for link)

6 p.m.: Welcome Week Wednesday, link

7 to 8 p.m.: Mont Alto Bingo Night, Wiestling Student Center and
(check email for link)  

8:15 to 9:15 p.m.: Mont Alto Bingo Night, Wiestling Student Center and
(check email for link)

Thursday, August 27  
 
 
Noon: Veterans Student Welcome Reception, (check email for link)

3 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations, (check email for link)

7 p.m.: Commuter Student Welcome Presentations, (check email for link)

Friday, August 28
     
12:20 p.m.: First Friday Check-In: What Questions Can We Answer For You?, (check email for link)
 
3 p.m.: Out-of-State Student Welcome, (check email for link)
  
8:30 p.m.: Outdoor movie night, soccer field 

Saturday, August 29
    
Social Media Challenge: Celebrate National Peach Month
Make your favorite recipe featuring peaches and share it with us on Instagram at @psumontalto and @PSMA_StudentAffairs, #MontAltoStudentLife  


 Sunday, August 30 
   
Social Media Challenge: National Toasted Marshmallow Day
Show us a creative spin on a Smore and share it with us on Instagram at @psumontalto and @PSMA_StudentAffairs, #MontAltoStudentLife